As expected, the UN Security Council has approved a Russian resolution that appears calculated to buttress Putin's friend, Assad, as much as anything else.
The aim is purportedly to help cut into ISIS' funding by clamping down on sales of Syrian antiquities, but the result will be the repatriation of undocumented objects that have been out of the country for years back to the exact same murderous regime that bombed the old city of Aleppo into oblivion, that has struck early Islamic sites and whose military is involved in looting in places like Apamea and Palmyra.
So what's next? In the UK, the sensible Brits plan to focus on using existing law to address the problem. And in the US? Will the archaeological lobby again use the tragedy to resurrect self-serving legislation that will enrich itself? Or, will they follow the example of their Syrian, Dutch and U. Penn colleagues and seek to address the problem at the source?